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Acne During Pregnancy

What is Acne During Pregnancy?

Acne is common during the first and second trimesters. An increase in hormones called androgen can cause the oil glands in the skin to grow and produce more sebum (oily waxy substance). This sebum can clog pores and leads to bacteria overproduction, inflammation, and breakouts.


Treatment is challenging during pregnancy since some prescription medications such as antibiotics and retinoids are off limits because they can harm a developing baby. A cleansing regimen and an oil free moisturizer to hydrate and protect the skin can reduce the risks significantly. Always check with your dermatologist.

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All about Acne During Pregnancy

Most people think of acne as being a skin problem that affects teenagers and young adults, but more mature adults can also suffer from skin outbreaks too, even women who are pregnant. In fact, acne during pregnancy isn’t uncommon, and it’s a more challenging condition to treat since some acne medications are off limits to pregnant women. It’s best to use products that have been tested and found to be safe for use during pregnancy.

What Causes It?

Pregnancy causes fluctuations in hormones called androgens. Androgens stimulate sebaceous glands that lie inside hair follicles to produce more sebum. Sebum is a sticky substance that when overproduced causes skin cells that are normally sloughed off to stick together. This clogs the hair follicle allowing bacteria take up residence inside the clogged follicle. When the bacteria feed on the sebum and dead skin cells, it triggers an inflammatory reaction that leads to an acne outbreak.

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